Australia’s civilian defence industry employs around 28,000 people in a wide variety of occupations and is critical to supporting Australia’s strategic defence capabilities.

There are exciting new opportunities for employment in Australia’s rapidly growing defence industry among the thousands of small, medium and Prime companies.

The South Australian Government is making it easier for university students to enter a career in the state’s growing defence industry with the Premier’s Defence Industry Scholarship.

Eligible students can earn a scholarship to support a research or work placement with a South Australian defence industry host company.

A grant of up to $10,000 will be made available to each student for the duration of the placement and can be used to support expenses associated with your placement.



  • Enrolled and undertaking third-year or honours year study in an eligible higher education degree
  • Eligible degrees include science, engineering, technology, maths and business majoring in logistics and project management
  • Must be resident in South Australia
  • Must be an Australian citizen (a requirement to obtain an Australian Government Security Vetting Agency security clearance)
  • Must not have been convicted of a criminal offence
  • Must attend Flinders University, University of South Australia (UniSA) or the University of Adelaide

If you are currently in a placement as part of your degree, please contact Ai Group prior to applying.


To complete your application, you will require:

  • A copy of your curriculum vitae
  • A certified copy of your current academic transcript
  • Two written references


Important dates:

  • Round 1 applications close 30 August 2019
  • Round 2 applications close 13 March 2020
  • Round 3 applications open 16 March 2020


Statement of commitment to diversity: We are committed to a non-discriminatory approach and provide equal opportunity for all.


Advice from the Fair Work Ombudsman regarding work integrated learning placements

The Office of the Fair Work Ombudsman has produced a fact sheet for students undertaking work learning placements with a host company.

FWO fact sheet

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